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God will recompense idolatry. CHAP. XVII.

Trust in man is cursed. words, and they shall say unto thee, shall say, Surely our fathers have inWherefore hath the LORD pronounced herited lies, vanity, and things wherein all this great evil against us? or what there is no profit. is our iniquity? or what is our sin 20 Shall a man make gods unto that we have committed against the himself, and they are no gods? LORD our God?

21 Therefore, behold, I will this 11 Then shalt thou say unto them, once cause them to know, I will cause Because your fathers have forsaken me, them to know mine hand and my saith the LORD, and have walked after might; and they shall know that my other gods, and have served them, and name is The LORD. have worshipped them, and have for

CHAP. XVII. saken me, and have not kept my law; 1 The captirity of Judah for her sin. 5 Trust in 12 And ye have done worse than man is cursed, 7 in God is blessed. 9 The de

ceitful heart cannot deceive God. 12 The sal. your fathers; for, behold, ye walk

vation of God. 15 The prophet complaineth every one after the imagination of his of the mockers of his prophecy. 19 He is sent evil heart, that they may not hearken to renew the covenant in hallowing the sabbath, unto me:

The sin of Judah is written with a 13 Therefore will I cast you out of pen of iron, and with the point of a this land into a land that ye know not, diamond: it is graven upon the table neither ye nor your fathers; and there of their heart, and upon the horns of shall ye serve other gods day and your altars; night ; where I will not shew you 2 Whilst their children remember favour.

their altars and their groves by the 14 Therefore, behold, the days green trees upon the high hills. come, saith the LORD, that it shall no 3 O my mountain in the field, I will more be said, The Lord liveth, that give thy substance and all thy treabrought up the children of Israel out sures to the spoil, and thy high places of the land of Egypt;

for sin, throughout all thy borders. 15 But, The LORDliveth, that brought 4 And thou, even thyself, shalt disup the children of Israel from the land continue from thine heritage that I of the north, and from all the lands gave thee; and I will cause thee to whither he had driven them : and I serve thine enemies in the land which will bring them again into their land thou knowest not: for ye have kindled that I gave unto their fathers.

a fire in mine

anger,

which shall burn 16 | Behold, I will send for many for ever. fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall 5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed fish them; and after will I send for be the man that trusteth in man, and many hunters, and they shall hunt them maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart from every mountain, and from every departeth from the LORD. hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. 6 For he shall be like the heath in

17 For mine eyes are upon all their the desert, and shall not see when good ways: they are not hid from my face, cometh; but shall inhabit the parched neither is their iniquity hid from mine places in the wilderness, in a salt land eyes.

and not inhabited. 18 And first I will recompense their 7 Blessed is the man that trust. iniquity and their sin double; because eth in the LORD, and whose hope the they have defiled my land, they have Lord is. tilled mine inheritance with the car 8 For he shall be as a tree planted cases of their detestable and abomi- by the waters, and that spreadeth out nable things.

her roots by the river, and shall not 19 O Lord, my strength, and my see when heat cometh, but her leaf fortress, and my refuge in the day of shall be green; and shall not be careaffliction, the Gentiles shall come un- ful in the year of drought, neither to thee from the ends of the earth, and I shall cease from yielding fruit.

The salvalion of God.

JEREMIAH, The prophet complaineth, 8. 9 The heart is deceitful above all of your houses on the sabbath day, things, and desperately wicked : who neither do ye any work, but hallow can know it?

ye the sabbath day, as I commanded 10 I the LORD search the heart, I

your

fathers. try the reins, even to give every man 23 But they obeyed not, neither inaccording to his ways, and according clined their ear, but made their neck to the fruit of his doings.

stiff, that they might not hear, nor 11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, receive instruction. and hatcheth them not; so he that get 24 And it shall come to pass,

if

ye teth riches, and not by right, shall leave diligently hearken unto me, saith the them in the midst of his days, and at LORD, to bring in no burden through his end shall be a fool.

the gates of this city on the sabbath 12 | Aglorious high throne from the day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do beginning is the place of our sanctuary. no work therein;

13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all 25 Then shall there enter into the that forsake thee shall be ashamed, gates of this city kings and princes sitand they that depart from me shall ting upon the throne of David, riding be written in the earth, because they in chariots and on horses, they, and have forsaken the LORD, the fountain their princes, the men of Judah, and of living waters.

the inhabitants of Jerusalem : and this 14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall city shall remain for ever. be healed; save me, and I shall be 26 And they shall come from the saved : for thou art my praise. cities of Judah, and from the places

15 Behold, they say unto me, about Jerusalem, and from the land of Where is the word of the LORD ? let Benjamin, and from the plain, and from it come now.

the mountains, and from the south, 16 As for me, I have not hastened bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, from being a pastor to follow thee: and meat offerings, and incense, and neither have I desired the woeful day; bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the thou knowest: that which came out of house of the LORD. my lips was right before thee.

27 But if yé will not hearken unto 17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art me to hallow the sabbath day, and not my hope in the day of evil.

to bear a burden, even entering in at 18 Let them be confounded that the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath persecute me, but let not me be con- day; then will I kindle a fire in the founded : let them be dismayed, but gates thereof, and it shall devour the let not me be dismayed : bring upon palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not them the day of evil, and destroy them be quenched. with double destruction.

CHAP. XVIII. 19 Thus said the Lord unto me;

1 Under the type of a potter is shewed God's abso Go and stand in the gate of the child lute power in disposing of nations. 11 Judgren of the people, whereby the kings ments threatened to Judah for her strange revolt. of Judah come in, and by the which

18 Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators. they go out, and' in all the gates of The word which came to Jeremiah Jerusalem;

from the LORD, saying, 20 And say unto them, Hear ye

the 2 Arise, and go down to the potter's word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, house, and there I will cause thee to and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of hear my words. Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates : $ Then I went down to the potter's

21 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed house, and, behold, he wrought a work to yourselves, and bear no burden on on the wheels. the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the 4 And the vessel that he made of gates of Jerusalem;

clay was marred in the hand of the 22 Neither carry forth a burden out potter : so he made it again another

The type of the potter.

CHAP. XIX.

Jeremiah prayeth, &c. vessel, as seemed good to the potter passeth thereby shall be astonished, to make it,

and wag his head. 5 Then the word of the LORD came 17 I will scatter them as with an to me, saying,

east wind before the enemy; I will 6 0 house of Israel, cannot I do shew them the back, and not the with you as this potter? saith the face, in the day of their calamity. LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the 18 | Then said they, Come, and let potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, us devise devices against Jeremiah; O house of Israel.

for the law shall not perish from the 7 At what instant I shall speak con- priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor cerning a nation, and concerning a the word from the prophet. Come, kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull and let us smite him with the tongue, down, and to destroy it;

and let us not give heed to any of his 8 If that nation, against whom I words. have pronounced, turn from their evil, 19 Give heed to me, O Lord, and I will repent of the evil that I thought hearken to the voice of them that to do unto them.

contend with me. 9 And at what instant I shall speak 20 Shall evil be recompensed for concerning a nation, and concerning a good ? for they have digged a pit for kingdom, to build and to plant it; my soul. Remember that I stood be

10 If it do evil in my sight, that it fore thee to speak good for them, and obey not my voice, then I will repent to turn away thy wrath from them. of the good, wherewith I said I would 21 Therefore deliver up their childbenefit them.

ren to the famine, and pour out their u | Now therefore go to, speak to blood by the force of the sword; and the men of Judah, and to the inha- let their wives be bereaved of their bitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus children, and be widows; and let their saith the Lord; Behold, I frame men be put to death; let their young evil against you, and devise a device men be slain by the sword in battle. against you: return ye now every one 22 Let a cry be heard from their from his evil way, and make your houses, when thou shalt bring a troop ways and your doings goud.

suddenly upon them: for they have 12 And they said, There is no digged a pit to take me, and hid snares hope: but we will walk after our for

my

feet. own devices, and we will every one 23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their do the imagination of his evil heart. counsel against me to slay me: forgive

13 Therefore thus saith the LORD; not their iniquity, neither blot out Ask ye now among the heathen, who their sin from thy sight, but let them hath heard such things: the virgin be overthrown before thee; deal thus of Israel hath done a very horrible with them in the time of thine anger. thing

CHAP. XIX. 14 Will a man leave the snow of Under the type of breaking a potter's vessel is foreLebanon which cometh from the rock

shewed the desolation of the Jews for their sins. of the field? or shall the cold flowing |Thus saith the Lord, Go and get a waters that come from another place potter's earthen bottle, and take of be forsaken?

the ancients of the people, and of the 15 Because my people hath for- ancients of the priests; gotten me, they have burned incense 2 And go forth unto the valley of to vanity, and they have caused them the son of Hinnom, which is by the to stumble in their ways from the entry of the east gate, and proclaim ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a there the words that I shall tell thee, way not cast up;

3 And

say,
Hear

ye

the word of the 16 To make their land desolate, and LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhaa perpetual hissing; every one that bitants of Jerusalem ; Thus saith the

The desolation of the Jews. JEREMIAH,

Pashur's fearful doom. LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and Behold, I will bring evil upon this the houses of the kings of Judah, shall place, the which whosoever heareth, be defiled as the place of Tophet, behis ears shall tingle.

cause of all the houses upon whose 4 Because they have forsaken me, roofs they have burned incense unto and have estranged this place, and all the host of heaven, and have pourhave burned incense in it unto other ed out drink offerings unto other gods. gods, whom neither they nor their 14 Then came Jeremiah from Tofathers have known, nor the kings of phet whither the Lord had sent him Judah, and have filled this place with to prophesy; and he stood in the the blood of innocents;

court of the Lord's house, and said 5 They have built also the high to all the people, places of Baal, to burn their sons with 15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, the God of Israel; Behold, I will which I commanded not, nor spake bring upon this city and upon all her it, neither came it into my mind : towns all the evil that I have pro

6 Therefore, behold, the days come, nounced against it, because they have saith the LORD, that this place shall hardened their necks, that they might no more be called Tophet, nor the not hear my

words. valley of the son of Hinnom, but the

CHAP. XX. valley of slaughter.

I Pashur,smiting Jeremiah, receivethanew name, 7 And I will make void the counsel and a fearful doom. 7 Jeremiah complaineth of of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; contempt, 10 of treachery, 14 and of his birth. and I will cause them to fall by the Now Pashur the son of Immer the sword before their enemies, and by priest, who was also chief governor in the hands of them that seek their lives: the house of the LORD, heard that and their carcases will I give to be Jeremiah prophesied these things. meat for the fowls of the heaven, and 2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the for the beasts of the earth.

prophet, and put him in the stocks that 8 And I will make this city desolate, were in the high gate of Benjamin, and an hissing; every one that passeth which was by the house of the LORD. thereby shall be astonished and hiss 3 And it came to pass on the morbecause of all the plagues thereof. row, that Pashur brought forth Jere

9 And I will cause them to eat the miah out of the stocks. Then said Jeflesh of their sons and the flesh of remiah unto him, The Lord hath not their daughters, and they shall eat called thy name Pashur, but Magorevery one the flesh of his friend in the missabib. siege and straitness, wherewith their 4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, enemies, and they that seek their lives, I will make thee a terror to thyself, shall straiten them.

and to all thy friends, and they shall 10 Then shalt thou break the bottle fall hy the sword of their enemies, in the sight of the men that go with and thine eyes shall behold it: and I

will give all Judah into the hand of 11 And shalt say unto them, Thus the king of Babylon, and he shall saith the Lord of hosts; Even so will carry them captive into Babylon, and I break this people and this city, as shali slay them with the sword. one breaketh a potter's vessel, that 5 Moreover I will deliver all the cannot be made whole again: and strength of this city, and all the lathey shall bury them in Tophet, till bours thereof, and all the precious there be no place to bury.

things therecf, and all the treasures of 12 Thus will I do unto this place, the kings of Judah will I give into the saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants hand of their enemies, which shall thereof, and even make this city as spoil them, and take them, and carry Tophet:

them to Babylon.

thee,

Jeremiah's complaint.

CHAP. XXI. He foretelleth a hard siege. 6 And thou, Pashur, and all that in the morning, and the shouting at dwell in thine house shall go into cap- noontide ; tivity: and thou shalt come to Ba 17 Because he slew me not from bylon, and there thou shalt die, and the womb; or that my mother might shalt be buried there, thou, and all have been my grave, and her womb thy friends, to whom thou hast pro- to be always great with me. phesied lies.

18 Wherefore came I forth out of 71 O LORD, thou hast deceived the womb to see labour and sorrow, me, and I was deceived: thou art that my days should be consumed stronger than I, and hast prevailed: with shame I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.

CHAP. XXI. 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I

i Zedekiah sendeth to Jeremiah to enquire the

cvent of Nebuchadrezzar's war. 3 Jeremiah cried violence and spoil; because the

foretelleth a hard siege und miserable captivity. word of the LORD was made a re 8 He counselleth the people to fall to the Chalo proach unto me, and a derision, daily. deuns, 11 and upbraideth the king's house.

9 Then I said, I will not make | The word which came unto Jeremention of him, nor speak any more miah from the LORD, when King Zein his name: But his word was in dekiah sent unto him Pashur the son mine heart as a burning tire shut up of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son in my bones, and I was weary with of Maaseiah the priest, saying, forbearing, and I could not stay. 2 Enquire, I pray thee, of the

10 For I heard the defaming of Lord for us; for Nebuchadrezzar many, fear on every side. Report, king of Babylon maketh war against say they, and we will report it. All us ; if so be that the Lord will deal my fainiliars watched for my halting, with us according to all his wondrous saying, Peradventure he will be en- works, that he may go up from us. ticed, and we shall prevail against him, 3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, and we shall take our revenge on him. Thus shall ye say to Zedekialı:

11 But the LORD is with me as al 4. Thus saith the LORD God of inighty terrible one : therefore my Israel ; Behold, I will turn back the persecutors shall stumble, and they weapons of war that are in your hands, shall not prevail: they shall be greatly wherewith ye fight against the king of ashamed; for they shall not prosper : Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, their everlasting confusion shall never which besiege you without the walls, be forgotten.

and I will assemble them into the 12 But, O LORD of hosts, that midst of this city. triest the righteous, and seest the 5 And I myself will fight against reins and the heart, let me see thy you with an outstretched hand and vengeance on them: for unto thee with a strong arm, even in anger, and have I opened my cause.

in fury, and in great wrath. 13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the 6 And I will smite the inhabitants LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of this city, both man and beast: they of the poor from the hand of evildoers. shall die of a great pestilence.

14 | Cursed be the day wherein I 7 And afterward, saith the Lord, was born; let not the day wherein I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judalı, my mother bare me be blessed. and his servants, and the people, and

15 Cursed be the man who brought such as are left in this city from the tidings to my father, saying, A man pestilence, from the sword, and from child is born unto thee; making him the famine, into the hand of Nebuvery glad.

chadrezzar king of Babylon, and into 16 And let that man be as the cities the hand of their enenties, and into which the Lord overthrew, and re- the hand of those that seek their life: pented not: and let him hear the cry and he shall smite them with the edge

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